Bartók, Janáček, Debussy
Charming. Evocative. Capricious.
Thursday 23 November 2023 • 7pm
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Béla Bartók Violin Concerto No 1
Leoš Janáček Taras Bulba
Interval – 20 minutes
Ernest Chausson Poème
Claude Debussy La mer
Duncan Ward conductor
Isabelle Faust violin
London Symphony Orchestra
The concert will finish at approximately 9pm (timings subject to change)
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The course of true love never does run smooth in these four fascinating vignettes.
Bartók dedicated his First Violin Concerto to the famed musician Stefi Geyer, but she refused it, unable to return his adoration. It wasn’t performed until 1956, when listeners discovered an unusual musical portrait of Geyer, exploring Bartók’s dreamy admiration and his crush’s quick wit.
Janáček’s Taras Bulba tells a rousing tale of Cossack warriors, featuring another doomed romance. Lamenting horns and tender oboes introduce a pair of lovers on opposing sides of a battle.
Chausson’s sensuous Poème was inspired by a short story about two men in love with the same woman, while Debussy’s scintillating evocation of the sea was written in the midst of an adulterous affair.
Duncan Ward and the LSO set out to sweep you off your feet in this performance, while Isabelle Faust offers sensitive insights into the music of Bartók.
‘One letter from you, a line, even a word – and I am in a transport of joy, the next brings me almost to tears, it hurts so. What is to be the end of it all?’
Bartók to Stefi Geyer
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Listen to Duncan Ward talk about his long-standing relationship with the Orchestra.
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